We have made no secret over the years of the fact that the Ancient Egyptian slots theme is one of our all-time favourites, and when you have classics like Queen of the Nile 2 from Aristocrat and Cleopatra from IGT under your banner, you are bound to be pretty popular among players in general. What both of those games have in common is the fact that they have been around for absolutely ages, and they are so dominant that developers do not necessarily look to tackle the Egyptian theme as often as you might expect when it comes to new releases. There is lots of good news here with Valley of the Gods, however, as the title not only uses the theme, but is powered by perhaps the biggest rising star in mobile slots development in Yggdrasil. All of the pieces of the puzzle are there for a great addition to an outstanding genre, so let’s see if Yggdrasil has managed to put them all together!
What to Expect
It was only when we fired this game up for the first time that we realised that it actually marks something of a departure for Yggdrasil Gaming in terms of the theme. We are so used to crazy concoctions that using a traditional setting almost feels wrong! Nevertheless, we are happy to be back in Ancient Egypt and it is noticeable that they have done away with many of the tropes of the genre, favouring hieroglyphic symbols instead for the most part.
It will not escape your attention early on that only part of the board is visible, with a single symbol on reels one and five, three on reels two and four and then all five down the middle. This kicks the game off at 45 win lines, but one of the main goals here is to remove those scarabs that are blocking the board. It does not take long, as whenever you land a win, every symbol that contributes will make for the removal of one scarab, effectively uncovering more of the board as you have more success. Land another win and they will continue to disappear, with the win lines increasing accordingly, but just one losing spin will see all of them returning to their positions.
Ultimately, you want to clear the Valley of the Gods board completely. For starters, doing so means that you are now playing with 3,125 ways to win, which is a great outcome in its own right. However, you might be a little saddened to only get one spin on this full board if you do not hit a second win right away, but that is where the main feature comes into play. A two times multiplier is added to proceedings and players are assigned one life. Red and blue scarabs are awarded to players as they land wins during the feature, with five blue ones increasing the multiplier by one and five red ones adding another life. As you might expect, these lives are protection against losing spin, with one being lost each time such a spin occurs. As long as you have lives, you can continue to make the most of this massive betting setup, especially with the ever increasing multipliers boosting the action ever further.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
We were already happy enough to see Yggdrasil taking a shot at one of our favourite themes, but to see them do so with fairly unique action that we have only really previously seen from NetEnt is quite the added bonus. The chances are that this game alone will never rise to the heights of Cleopatra or Queen of the Nile, but even being a tier below in the popularity stakes would still make this a much-loved game. We certainly love it, and as long as you do not mind the idea of having to make progress manually, we think that our readers will too.